AUSTIN, TX – Artisan Group member companies once again gathered to share best practices, visit exhibitor booths and hear a guest speaker before relaxing with some Texas music and barbecue at the third annual Industry Showcase and Artisan Group member meeting at Architectural Granite & Marble's headquarters in Austin, TX. The event showcased 17 exhibitors and included 32 Artisan Group member companies.

Show attendees were treated to a key-note speech by Dave Mitchell, author of The Power of Understanding People and public speaker, who teaches powerful team building and sales techniques with laughter. Following the speaker, the group was entertained by Django Walker and Grammy award winning singer/songwriter Drew Womack.

"The trade show is a great value to me," said John Hansen, Kohler Business Development -Strategic Markets. "In one trip I can see my biggest customers in a casual setting, get direct feedback on new programs and products and share best practices/successes within the group. All this, in addition to visiting a great city with great hosts."

Newcomers to the show included LG Viatera, Breton, CMS Brembana, Northwood, Piedrafina, QuartzSource and Elkay.

Returning exhibitors included Kohler, Craft-Art Wood Countertops, Fabricator's Choice, Granite City Tool, Laser Products, Marble Institute of America, Park Industries, Slabsmith, Stone Pro and Total Administration Group.

"Creating this trade show in conjunction with our annual meeting has expanded awareness of the Artisan Group throughout our industry," said Chad Seiders, Artisan Group Executive Director. "It allows us to form alliances with vendors for group purchasing, as well as treat our customers to a lot of fun, while taking care of group business."